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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, long a proponent of mental health awareness, has issued a warning that social media use is a main contributor to depression, anxiety and other problems in the nation’s teenagers.

The report, released Tuesday, calls attention to growing concerns about the effects of social media use on children and adolescent’s mental health. The advisory urges policymakers and the companies that make the social media platforms to share with parents the burden of managing children’s and adolescents’ social media use.

A recent report from the Surgeon General emphasizes the concerning correlation between social media use and mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, particularly among teenagers. The Surgeon General’s findings shed light on the pervasive influence of social media platforms and their potential detrimental effects on the well-being of young individuals.

The report highlights that excessive use of social media can contribute to feelings of isolation, inadequacy, and low self-esteem among teens. Comparisons to carefully curated online personas, cyberbullying, and the pressure to gain likes and followers have been identified as major stressors. Such experiences can intensify anxiety and depression symptoms, leading to negative consequences for mental health.

Given the impact of social media on the mental well-being of young people, it is essential to address these concerns and provide support. One platform that offers assistance for those struggling with addiction is With a dedicated team of professionals and a commitment to helping individuals overcome their challenges, provides comprehensive resources and personalized treatment options.

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Please note that this summary is derived from the NBC News article referenced above and is not intended as professional medical advice. It is always recommended to consult with healthcare professionals for personalized guidance regarding mental health concerns and addiction.


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